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Peanut Butter Lover’s Ice Cream

POSTED ON March 1, 2014

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What if I told you that you could eat peanut butter ice cream without blowing your diet?? Well, I got one better for ya…

Peanut butter lovers out there, listen up! In honor of Peanut Butter Lover’s Day (yes, that is actually a day), the amazing Erika Peterson (aka Clean Simple Foodie) is sharing her delectable (and healthier) Peanut Butter Protein Ice Cream recipe with us! You heard me right…peanut butter ice cream LOADED with protein!!

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By Erika Peterson, Clean Simple Foodie
Peanut Butter Lover’s Ice Cream
Serves 4

My husband and I are HUGE peanut butter fans, so naturally this recipe is a favorite at our house! When he found out that I was making this today, he made a mental note of the exact time and penciled a “mid-day ice cream date” into his busy list of to-dos! I hope this becomes one of your family favorites as well!

What you will need:
1 cup cottage cheese (I used Daisy brand 2%, fat-free will work too)
2 Tbsp all natural peanut butter
2 Tbsp PB2 powder
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk, divided
1 frozen banana
¼ cup vanilla protein powder (optional for flavor)
6 ice cubes
Dark chocolate chips (optional)
Stevia, to taste
1 ice cube tray
High-powered blender

How you make it:
1. Blend cottage cheese, peanut butter, PB2, and about a tablespoon of almond milk together.

2. Pour thick mixture into an ice cube tray. It should fill about 12 cubes.

3. Freeze 4 hours or more.

4. Place frozen cubes, frozen banana, remaining 11 tablespoons of almond milk, protein powder and ice cubes in blender. Blend until smooth. Blend in some stevia if needed for sweetness. Makes 4 servings. Top each serving with a sprinkle of dark chocolate if your heart desires :).

What’s in each of the 4 servings:
About 155 calories; 6.5g fat; 12g carbs; 14g protein

About Me:

Superman’s wife, Mother of 3, lover of family, fitness, and baseball tees and of course, anything that involves clean food (lots of it)!  AFPA certified nutrition and wellness consultant, certified TRX group fitness instructor and Clean. Simple. Foodie.  If you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen! For more delicious recipes, follow me on my new instagram account @cleansimpleeats

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Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cookie

POSTED ON February 13, 2014

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When I think about Valentine’s Day, I see hearts, the color red and of course CHOCOLATE! This recipe is the perfect Valentine’s Day cheat treat because it includes all of those things!! I dare say these cookies might work even better than cupid’s arrow at winning over that special Valentine this year! This recipe comes from Clean Simple Foodie – Erika Peterson . Give it a try!

Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cookies

by Erika Peterson, Clean Simple Foodie
Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cookie

What you will need:

½ cup coconut oil, softened (almond butter works too!)
½ cup honey
½ cup baking Stevia
1 whole egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp red food coloring
2 cups Kodiak Power Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix Protein Packed OR white whole-wheat flour
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp sea salt
60 dark chocolate chips, melted

Let’s Bake!

1. Using a hand mixer, beat together coconut oil, honey and stevia until well combined. Add whole egg, vanilla and food coloring. Mix well and set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, combine Kodiak Power Cakes mix OR whole-wheat flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix well.

4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

5. Roll out dough and cut into shapes or use a cookie scoop to form balls.

6. Place cookie dough on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.

7. Drizzle with melted dark chocolate.

Tip: If using protein powder in recipe, store leftovers (if any!!) in the fridge.

What’s in each cookie:

About 105 calories; 6g fat; 12g carbs; 4g protein

*Macros using coconut oil, Kodiak Power Cakes mix and protein powder with 140 calories per scoop.

About Me:

Superman’s wife, Mother of 3, lover of family, fitness, and baseball tees and of course, anything that involves clean food (lots of it)!  AFPA certified nutrition and wellness consultant, certified TRX group fitness instructor and Clean. Simple. Foodie.  If you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen!

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Halloween Candy…Which Chews to Choose this Year

POSTED ON October 28, 2013

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Tips for a healthy Halloween at http://heidipowell.net/4605

While NO candy is certainly a “healthy” option, we do need to be okay with rewarding ourselves with a treat every now and then, guilt-free. Halloween is a great time to do this. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing what pieces of candy might satisfy your sweet tooth, without pushing you over the edge.

  1. Fun Size pieces are ‘portion perfect’, and a clear winner in our family, over king-sized or regular-sized candy bars. Portion control is key to rewarding yourself, and these mini treats make it easy. Oftentimes, we find it hard to eat only half of a Snickers bar. Thanks to Fun Size, we can eat the entire portion and cut our calories in half, compared to the regular or king-sized versions.
  2. Chocolate Lover? Choose a handful (or Fun Size pack) of peanut or almond M&M’s over Tootsie Rolls. Tootsie Rolls may be lower in fat, but are loaded with sugar, which will spike and crash our blood sugar levels, leaving us craving even more! The fiber and protein in the peanut or almond M&M’s will keep you fuller longer (protein is the most satiating macro-nutrient), and the fat/fiber combo will actually slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream, helping us to avoid the spike-crash-craving cycle.
  3. If you are looking for a fruity candy to satisfy your sweet tooth, choose a hard over chewy candy. Chewy candies not only get stuck in your teeth and lead to tooth decay, but they also disappear much quicker in our mouths, leaving us vying for more. While hard candies are pure sugar and have a higher calorie count, one piece can last quite a while (as long as you don’t crunch it to pieces), satisfying the craving, and leaving us less-likely to reach for more.

Now go enjoy your Halloween with a little less guilt. Regardless, don’t forget to brush your teeth, and leave the candy where it belongs…on Halloween ☺.

Heidi

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Lunchpails&Lipstick.com: Greek Yogurt Pops

POSTED ON July 2, 2013

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Celebrity Trainer Heidi Powell - Learn more at http://HeidiPowell.net/2775

Not sure if you’ve heard but our dear friends Heidi and ChrisPowell are adding another beautiful baby to their family! We couldn’t be more thrilled for them!

Today Heidi is sharing a fun treat to beat the heat, curb cravings and so easy that kids can help make. My favorite part is the no added sugar and each pop is less than 100 calories!
Chocolate Raspberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles from Celebrity Trainer Heidi Powell - Get the recipe at http://HeidiPowell.net/2775
Chocolate Raspberry Greek Yogurt Pops
Makes 10 pops

This tasty frozen summer treat might be free of table sugar, but it’s full of flavor that your kids will gobble up. Even better, they’ll get a protein punch and plenty of antioxidants without a fight!

What you’ll need:

2 cups fresh raspberries
2 cups plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt
4-5 (1g) packets Stevia
½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
10 3oz freezer-pop molds

How to make them:

  1. In a food processor, puree raspberries, Greek yogurt, and Stevia (adjust Stevia based on sweetness of berries).
  2. Fill freezer-pop molds with raspberry puree, leaving one inch of space from the top.
  3. Evenly divide and stir in mini chocolate chips, stirring out air pockets at the same time.
  4. Insert sticks and freeze for about 6 hours or until pops are totally firm.
  5. Dip molds in hot water, quickly, before unmolding.
  6. Enjoy!!

What’s in them:

For one pop: 96 calories, 3.4 g fat, 12 g carbohydrate, 5.1 g protein

Beat the Heat with Chocolate Raspberry Greek Yogurt Pops!

POSTED ON June 28, 2013

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Chocolate Raspberry Greek Yogurt Pops  - Get the recipe at http://HeidiPowell.net/2385
While we’re used to “the summer heat” in Arizona, today we’re expecting a heatwave that is extra hot, even for us! Thermometers are supposed to be reaching upwards of 120*F! Crazy hot! So there is nothing better to help cool off than a delicious, healthy yogurt pop!

This tasty frozen summer treat is full of flavor that your kids will gobble up. It’s even free of table sugar. And to top it off, they’ll get a protein punch and plenty of antioxidants without a fight. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and enjoy!

Chocolate Raspberry Greek Yogurt Pops
Makes 10 pops

What you’ll need:

2 cups fresh raspberries
2 cups plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt
4-5 (1g) packets Stevia
½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
10 3oz freezer-pop molds

How to make them:

1. In a food processor, puree raspberries, Greek yogurt, and Stevia (adjust Stevia based on sweetness of berries).
2. Fill freezer-pop molds with raspberry puree, leaving one inch of space from the top.
3. Evenly divide and stir in mini chocolate chips, stirring out air pockets at the same time.
4. Insert sticks and freeze for about 6 hours or until pops are totally firm.
5. Dip molds in hot water, quickly, before unmolding.
6. Enjoy!!

What is in them:

For one pop, 96 calories, 3.4 g fat, 12 g carbohydrate, 5.1 g protein

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Pickles and Chocolate Ice Cream

POSTED ON June 7, 2013

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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream - Get the recipe at http://HeidiPowell.net/2108

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

After 16 LONG weeks of keeping this bun in my oven a secret, I’ve got major baby on my brain, and I’ll be talking about him/her a lot! If not about him/her, then I’ll talk about my belly, body, feelings, and pregnancy in general. It’s literally ALL I can think about…in the middle of season 3 airing, season 4 casting, 3 kids, one husband, moving to another state, career, extended family, and a partridge in a pear tree. So maybe I have a bunch on my plate…but it doesn’t keep me from seeing pink and blue.

I was SO thrilled to learn that today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! Surprised about my happiness toward such a topic? Me too. Coming from someone who (pre-pregnancy) rarely had cravings to veer from a plan that kept me in line and worked, I’m telling you – this growing bundle in my belly is changing my game … yet again! #cravingsgalore

So how do I tame these cravings? It’s tough, to be honest. So I’ve figured out how to indulge in a smart, healthy and moderated way. Moderation is key though! Most of us think that just because we eat organic and gluten-free means the calories stop counting…I hate to break it to you, but that’s a myth ;). Yup – calories still count, and for a pregnant woman in her second trimester, I only get 300 extra a day! That’s can be as little as one bagel, or a half of a muffin. It can also be as big as three whole pieces of fruit, or a tablespoon of almond butter with a banana and 3 rice cakes!

Lesson to learn: real, whole, natural foods carry a lot less calories for their bulk! Use nature’s desert (aka fruit) to tame that sweet tooth, whether you’re pregnant or not, to keep you full and get you the nutrients your body needs.

I can’t end this blog on National Chocolate Ice Cream Day without an ice cream recipe. So here is it, my favorite healthy ice cream…meant to be eaten in moderation!

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
from Jacqui McCoy’s kitchen

What you’ll need:
1 banana, sliced and frozen
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon Justin’s chocolate almond butter

How you’ll make it:
1. Put the banana pieces, almond milk, and almond butter into a blender.
2. Puree, turning off the motor and stirring the mixture two or three times, until smooth and creamy.
3. Pour into a bowl and serve.

What’s in it:
215 calories, 9 g of fat, 33.5 g carbohydrate, 3.3 g protein.

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The Dessert Diet

POSTED ON April 1, 2013

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Chocolate Lasagna - Learn more at http://HeidiPowell.net/1059

Chocolate Lasagna

Finally, a diet that allows you to eat any dessert you want, everyday, while still losing massive amounts of weight…

April Fools! I’m sorry, but in the spirit of today, I couldn’t resist :).

Here’s the good news (this is not an April Fool’s joke): there are a bunch of delicious and healthy foods that can be prepared to taste amazing. The best part is that this is food (or dessert) that you can eat everyday…and STILL stay on your nutritional track.

Here’s one of our family favorites.

A healthy dessert that sure doesn't taste healthy! Candied Pears - Learn more at http://HeidiPowell.net/1059

Candied Pears – A healthy dessert that sure doesn’t taste healthy!

Candied Pears
Serves 1

1 pear (Anjou or other firm baking pear)
1 packet Stevia in the Raw
3 tbsp Vanilla Almond Milk
Oil spritzer or cooking spray
Cinnamon
Sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 375* F.

2. Peel the pear, cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and stem.

3. Lightly spray a small baking dish with the oil/cooking spray and sprinkle it with 1/2 packet of Stevia concentrating it where you’ll be putting the pears. Sprinkle the pan with a few shakes of sea salt.

4. Add the pears cut side down into the baking dish. Sprinkle them with remaining 1/2 packet of stevia, another dash or two of sea salt and a sprinkle cinnamon.

5. Bake for 20 minutes then remove from oven and add Almond Milk. (Note: If using a glass baking dish, beware of adding cold ingredients to a hot glass pan!) Return to oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

6. Serve hot from the oven. Yum!

Don’t ever forget – fruit is Nature’s dessert!

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